Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun Visits Spirit AeroSystems and Appoints Special Advisor

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Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun visited Spirit AeroSystems in Kansas and spoke to employees, emphasizing the importance of standardizing processes between Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems. He emphasized the need for engineers, mechanics, and inspectors from both companies to be on the same page. Additionally, Admiral Kirkland H. Donald was appointed as a special advisor to Calhoun to conduct a thorough assessment of Boeing’s quality management system for commercial airplanes. The assessment will include quality programs and practices in Boeing’s manufacturing facilities and its oversight of commercial supplier quality, with recommendations to be provided to Calhoun and the Aerospace Safety Committee of Boeing’s Board of Directors.

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At a recent all-hands meeting in Kansas, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun and Spirit AeroSystems CEO Pat Shanahan came together with one common goal: to ensure that everyone involved in the production of their aircrafts speaks the same language when it comes to quality and safety.

Calhoun’s message to Spirit AeroSystems employees was clear: Quality and safety are paramount, and we will learn from any issues that arise and apply those lessons to everything we do together. This commitment to improvement will be felt at every level, from the engineers and mechanics at Boeing to those at Spirit AeroSystems.

In a proactive move, Boeing has named Admiral Kirkland H. Donald, U.S. Navy (Ret.) as a special advisor to Calhoun. Admiral Donald and a team of outside experts will conduct a thorough assessment of Boeing’s quality management system for commercial airplanes. Their recommendations will be taken seriously and implemented to ensure the highest level of safety and quality.

Fun fact: David Ogilvy was an advertising tycoon known for his persuasive and authoritative tone in his copywriting, similar to the CEO’s strong and assertive stance towards improving safety and quality control processes. Ogilvy’s approach was to instill authority and confidence in the reader, much like Calhoun’s bold statements about taking action and making improvements.

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